The History Department of the University of Mandalay opened a museum housing 330 artifacts yesterday, in honour of leading Myanmar historian, Dr. Than Tun (1923-2005).
The Union Minister for Education, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, the Chief Minister of Mandalay Region, Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, Myanmar Historical Commission Vice-Chairman Dr. Toe Hla, and Mandalay University Rector Dr. Thida Win opened the museum with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Speaking at the opening ceremony held at the Department of History, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said he hoped the museum, the first of its kind in Myanmar, will help students and teachers in their research and studies.
He also expressed thanks to those who helped establish the museum.
“I believe that today’s youth will love and preserve our cultural heritage when they see the antiques which were used by our ancestors,” said the Union Minister.
He said the Ministry of Education has been encouraging research into the history of Myanmar, and it has been urging scholars to delve into the history of neighbouring countries and find out their strengths and weaknesses in different areas, including the social and economic sectors.
The Union Minister also called for stimulating student interest in history by holding exhibitions and paper reading sessions.
Afterwards, Dr. Toe Hla explained the purpose behind the opening of the museum. After the ceremony, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi toured the museum. He also went to a photo exhibition on succesive eras of Mandalay University organized by the university’s library.
The first-ever photo exhibition at the Mandalay University was opened by Dr. Myo Thein Gyi and Dr. Thida Win.
—MNA (Translated by Myat Thandar Aung)